PowerStation Integrated Console Engine Axia®
PowerStation Integrated Console Engine Axia®
PowerStation is an all-in-one mixing engine for Axia Fusion and Element consoles that combines audio I/O, console power supply, mixing engine and built-for-broadcast network switch into one easy-to-deploy package.
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POWERSTATION CONSOLE ENGINE OVERVIEW
PowerStation is an all-in-one studio solution that combines audio I/O, a console power supply, mixing engine and built-for-broadcast network switch into one easy-to-deploy package. Each PowerStation Main provides 4 Analog inputs and 6 Analog outputs, 2 AES/EBU inputs and 2 AES/EBU outputs, 2 Microphone inputs with selectable Phantom power, 4 GPIO machine-control logic ports, each with 5 inputs and 5 outputs, an integrated network switch with 14 100BASE-T Ethernet ports and 2 1000BASE-T (Gigabit) ports with SFP, a heavy-duty Telecom-grade power supply with fanless convection cooling, and an industrial-grade CPU designed for harsh-environment reliability.
Use PowerStation Main with an Element® or Fusion™ mixing console as a standalone studio solution, or connect to other Axia equipment as part of a larger IP-Audio network. Simple Networking allows daisy- chain connection of up to 4 PowerStation-based studios without the use of an external network switch. Connecting a PowerStation Aux adds auto-switching redundant backup power and doubles audio I/O and GPIO capacity. I/O can also be easily expanded using Axia xNodes.
POWERSTATION CONSOLE ENGINE FEATURES
- Fanless design with heavy machined heat-sinks is completely silent in-studio.
- Front-panel status display monitors power and network status.
- Telecom grade power supplies are designed for maximum uptime under harsh conditions.
- Add a PowerStation Aux to PowerStation Main for dual-redundant power supply with automatic, seamless switching.
- Add redundant power to PowerStation Main without adding additional IO with Axia Console Power Supply.
- Built-in, zero-configuration network switch with Gigabit and SFP for long-distance fiber connection.
- Large variety of built-in audio I/O boasts studio-grade audio performance specs.
- Add more I/O with PowerStation Aux, or a la carte using Axia Audio xNodes.
- AES67 Support
POWERSTATION CONSOLE ENGINE IN DEPTH
There’s no such thing as too much uptime.
If you set out to build a console engine designed to power your studio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, you probably wouldn’t skimp. You’d equip it with the most bulletproof, telecom-grade power supply you could find. You’d give it a redundant-power option, for even more peace of mind. You’d make it convection-cooled — no noisy cooling fans to assault your quiet studio. You’d give it plenty of I/O — analog, digital, Mic-level and GPIO logic. And then, the pièce de résistance: you’d equip it with a zero-configuration, built-for-broadcast Ethernet switch.
That’s what we did when we designed PowerStation, the muscle behind our industry-leading Fusion and Element mixing consoles. PowerStation is over-engineered to Axia standards, every part chosen for its ability to give constant, uninterrupted service. PowerStation combines four separate devices – a DSP mixing engine, a console CPU and power supply, audio I/O, GPIO and a custom, Axia-designed Ethernet switch – into a self-contained console engine that’s engineered to ensure years of reliable, trouble- free service.
There are no compromises: PowerStation uses only best-of-the-best components, like studio-grade mic preamps and 24-bit, 256x oversampling A/D converters, a rigid, EM-tight chassis, an ultra-reliable DSP platform (not a common PC motherboard) and a hardened power supply designed for unfailing service, even in the harshest environments.
PowerStation Main is where you start. Inside is a bulletproof mixing engine capable of powering consoles of up to 40 faders. There’s a massive fanless, convection-cooled power supply. There are two Mic inputs, four Analog inputs and six outputs, two AES/EBU inputs and two outputs, and four GPIO ports, each with five opto-isolated inputs and five opto-isolated outputs. There are 14 100BASE-T Ethernet ports with Livewire® for single-cable connection of Telos® phone systems, Omnia® audio processors and other Axia equipment, as well as gear from our huge list of Livewire partners. Two Gigabit ports with SFP enable connection to other studios via copper or fiber. Just connect it to your Element console (it only takes a single cable), plug in your audio devices, and perform some fast web-based configuration. Add power and you’re on the air. It’s that simple!
To beef up your PowerStation studio even further, there’s PowerStation Aux. Connect it to the PowerStation main to instantly double mic, analog, AES and GPIO ports, and add a redundant backup power supply with auto-switchover. Most redundant supplies protect only the console, but with PowerStation, the mixing engine, audio I/O and network switch are protected as well. You can also add redundant power to PowerStation Main without additional IO with Axia Console Power Supply, which offers a single-cable connection to PowerStation Main, providing backup power with automatic switching. (Auto-sensing power supply, 90VAC to 240VAC, 50 Hz to 60 Hz. 250 Watts, 2RU.)
Best of all, there’s that zero-configuration Ethernet switch that’s built specifically to handle IP-Audio.
No settings to tweak, no configuration code to upload – just plug it in and go. There are even two Gigabit ports with SFP, to connect to other studios via fiber or copper. You can even daisy-chain up to four PowerStation studios directly, for a self-contained network that doesn’t require an external Ethernet switch. No other console company makes AoIP this easy.